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If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else's careless driving, you have the right to pursue a claim for money damages and hold the responsible party accountable. The biggest question you may have is "what can I recover financially as a result of this accident?" Medical Expenses: The responsible party will be held responsible for the cost of any medical expenses you incur as a result of your car accident. Medical expenses include, but are not limited to, ambulance fees, hospi... Read More
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The Jason Stockley Verdict
You have probably seen the unrest surrounding the recent not-guilty verdict in the recent shooting case involving former St. Louis Police Officer Stockley.  Whether or not you agree with the outcome, Circuit Judge Timothy J. Wilson wrote a very thorough and well-reasoned opinion explaining the State's burden of proof in a criminal case.  Cut through the media sensationalism and social media chatter and read the Judge's decision for yourself right here.  ... Read More
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Just Because You’re Hurt Doesn’t Mean You Can Sue. In order to recover in a personal injury case, there must be legal grounds to hold the defendant accountable. The most common cause of action in personal injury claims is negligence. Negligence requires a showing that the defendant owed a duty of care to the injured party and failed to live up to that duty. For example, if the victim was a customer in a store, or maybe the victim was in the bathroom of an office building, the prope... Read More
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We’ve all heard the story. Lady spills coffee on herself and sues McDonald’s for millions of dollars. She’s trying to get rich quick, right? Wasn’t she driving and not paying attention when she spilled the coffee on herself? Coffee is supposed to be hot, right? Well, maybe not so much. As with most of what the media puts out, there’s a little more to the story of Stella Liebeck, the plaintiff in the Hot Coffee Case. We’ll be discussing some of the details of t... Read More
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On August 6, 2013, the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District filed an interesting decision. In this decision (let’s call it “Collins” for convenience) the Western District Held that the Durable Power of Attorney (DPOA) for Health Care signed by Collins did not transfer the right of sepulcher to her Agent. The right of sepulcher is, essentially, the right to determine your burial, cremation, or other disposition of your body at death. Ms. Collins DPOA became effec... Read More
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So you’ve filed bankruptcy and had many of your debts discharged in bankruptcy. Now what? There is no doubt that filing bankruptcy will have a negative impact on your credit. However, there are steps you can take after filing bankruptcy that will help rebuild your credit quickly, and help you avoid the circumstances that force many people into financial dire straits. First, monitor your credit reports to ensure accurate reporting. Sometimes creditors inadvertently misreport debts, paymen... Read More
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